Have we just seen a changing of the guard in Baltimore?
This past weekend marked Lamar Jackson’s first career NFL start for the Baltimore Ravens and it was not a disappointment in any sense.
Jackson carried the ball 27 times, and the Ravens ended up getting the win. Could this be the end of Joe Flacco’s time in Baltimore?
While Jackson certainly had an exciting week 11, he was not the only one. Find out who else did enough to make the week 11 rookie report below.
Week 11 Rookie Report: The Lamar Jackson Era
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
As mentioned in the open, what a weekend for Jackson. He carried the ball 27 times and recorded over 100 rushing yards while throwing for another 150.
While the Ravens offense wasn’t perfect in the game, it was certainly the best rushing attack Baltimore has had in weeks.
There is no guarantee Flacco will be back this week so we may see Jackson again and if he performs well, who knows? We may see him for the rest of the year.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Allen didn’t play in week 11 as he’s been nursing an elbow injury. Allen is slated to return this Sunday however against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He shouldn’t be started, but it is at least worth noting.
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Over 100 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, so pretty much just another day at the office for Saquon Barkley. He has been absolutely exceptional this season and will continue to be a top running back for the rest of the season, it’s as simple as that.
Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
Even with the return of Royce Freeman, Phillip Lindsay remained the lead back and had a very productive day. Lindsay rushed 11 times and scored two touchdowns in a loss to the Chargers.
With how productive Lindsay has been of late it is a surprise the Broncos have not gotten him more involved. Lindsay only had 15 total touches when it feels like he should be getting over 20 each game.
Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions
The lead back for the Detroit Lions remained as such on Sunday. Before being forced from the game with a knee injury, Kerryon Johnson rushed 15 times for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Johnson has been very good all season and it is disappointing to see him go down with an injury. When Johnson returns, continue plugging him into your fantasy lineups.
DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers
What is certainly his best game as a pro to date, DJ Moore caught 7 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown in week 11. One of Moore’s catches was an 87 yard catch and run, in which he displayed great balance to stay in bounds and showed off his speed after that.
Moore has been somewhat hit or miss in fantasy. While there is no denying his talent, it is hard to tell when he will have games like he did on Sunday.
Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
On a day in which the Falcons offense struggled, so did Ridley. He hauled in 3 catches for a measly 32 yards. Better days are certainly ahead for Ridley who was lights out only a few weeks ago.
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
Another receiver similar to Moore in his hit or miss nature is Christian Kirk. Kirk had one of his better fantasy days in week 11 scoring a touchdown and racking up 77 yards, but he did it on just three catches.
It has been this way all season for Kirk but there is no denying the talent. The improvement of Josh Rosen is also going to help Kirk.
Just a quick reminder, there are three games on Thursday night this week so get your lineups set early! I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving that includes a lot of football and fantasy football fortune!